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Andrew Gillum


Andrew Gillum is Mayor of Tallahassee, Florida. Andrew Gillum served as Director of Youth Leadership Programs of People for the American Way.[1] Gillum won the Democratic nomination for the Florida gubernatorial election, 2018.

Governor's race

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"Andrew Gillum, 38, the mayor of Tallahassee, is one of three Democrats with a viable shot at winning the Florida gubernatorial primary. The stakes in the general election could hardly be higher. The current governor, Rick Scott, came to power in the Tea Party-driven wave of 2010. He is a public-sector-slashing, climate-change-denying ideologue who will be term-limited out of office and is now running for the U.S. Senate. Filling his shoes with a progressive would be huge. Gillum’s platform calls for hiking the state’s corporate tax rate from 5.5 percent to 7.75 percent to raise $1 billion annually for education investments.
"Before the Parkland students launched a national movement, Gillum may have been Florida’s most prominent gun-control advocate. In 2017, he successfully defended a Tallahassee city ordinance that bans the use of firearms in public parks. But the court declined to rule on the broader, fundamental question in the case—whether the state has the right to “preempt” local ordinances. Red state legislatures are using that strategy to squash progressive policies in blue cities. Gillum used the brouhaha to create Defend Local Solutions, an organization devoted to pushing back against overreach by state governments. He’s deftly leveraging both issues—gun control and local control—to distinguish himself in the race.[2]

Financial Support

Andrew Gillum is supported by The Collective Super PAC, a group reportedly related to Collective Future, which had donated $235,000 to Gillum’s independent political committee, Forward Florida, through April 2018.[3]

"The Collective Super PAC is spending $782,000 in Florida, starting with a commercial attacking [Gillum's Democratic Opponent] Gwen Graham as a fake progressive, according to POLITICO reports.

[...]

“In this race no candidate will be able to run from their voting record, but if we had a choice in this ad, we’d want Mayor Gillum’s progressive record to be the focus. The Graham campaign seems to be uncomfortable with her own voting record,” Gillum’s Communications Director Geoff Burgan said in a written response.
"While Collective Future might be described as a dark money organization since it does not report its donors, Collective Super PAC does report its donors. Through the first quarter of this year, its biggest contributor is New York progressive activist billionaire George Soros, who gave it $70,000, according to the Center for Responsive Politics’ OpenSecrets web portal. However, FEC filings still show the PAC had only raised $167,000 through March, so the sources of the rest of the money now being spent on the current Florida campaign are not yet disclosed. Planned Parenthood and a small handful of other donors also contributed. Soros also is the single largest backer of Gillum’s Forward Florida committee, having donated $450,000."

Campaign staff

The Gillum for Governor Campaign released the following statements November 28 2017:

“As the Democratic primary field finally settles, we are thrilled to welcome Brendan McPhillips as our new campaign manager. Brendan is an unapologetic progressive who will bring new ideas to this race, and help us ensure true Democratic values are a part of every conversation between now and Election Day,” said Geoff Burgan, Communications Director, Gillum for Governor.

“I’m very excited to join Team Gillum this week. The Mayor has an unmatched progressive record, from beating the gun lobby in court to standing up against oil pipelines, and I know that in 2018 we are finally going to take back the Governor’s Mansion. We won’t get there by running Republican Lite — we have to be bold to convince this state that it is time to put a Democrat in charge again,” said Brendan McPhillips, Campaign Manager, Gillum for Governor.

Brendan McPhillips most recently served as Political Director for Hillary for America in Pennsylvania, and was the Campaign Manager for Braddock, PA Mayor John Fetterman’s 2016 U.S. Senate race. Fetterman was virtually unknown before his statewide run and has become a national progressive hero.[4]

March 22, 2018 the Andrew Gillum for Governor campaign released the following announcement today, two days after a poll showed Gillum moving into second place and overtaking the previous “frontrunner”:

“We’re thrilled to announce Phillip Jerez as our Political Director and Lindsay Pollard as our Deputy Finance Director. Both Phillip and Lindsay bring strong relationships across Florida to this race, and they’re both going to help make the difference in the August primary and November general election.” — Brendan McPhillips, Campaign Manager

As a native of the Bronx, NY, and with parents from the Dominican Republic, Phillip Jerez comes to our campaign with a record of working to improve the lives of individuals and families across South Florida. He most recently worked for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23).

After graduating from Columbia University with a degree in Psychology, Phillip served as a high school teacher in Miami-Dade County with Teach for America. Phillip translated his passion for social justice to his work as a Congressional Aide, focusing on Law Enforcement and Community Relations, as well as issues of Environmental Justice.

Lindsay Pollard co-founded Diverse Strategy Group and works as its Finance Consultant, helping clients maximize their fundraising potential. Pollard previously worked as a Finance Consultant for the Gillum for Governor campaign.

Prior to co-founding DSG, Lindsay has worked as a Finance Consultant for Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness’ re-election campaign, Sandra Ruiz for (Doral) Mayor and the Broward Democratic Party. She was Charlie Crist’s South Florida Finance Director in 2014, and she served as the Finance Director for Randy Perkins for Congress, Annette Taddeo for Congress and the Miami-Dade Democratic Party.

Lindsay is a graduate of Florida A&M University, with a degree in Journalism. She earned an MBA in Finance from Nova Southeastern University.[5]

Complete staff list September 2018

A complete list of team Gillum is below.

Interns

Shelby Shoup, Noah Fineberg, Bruce Glasserman, Aaron Slann.

Tony Hill endorsement

November 9 2017 former Sen. Tony Hill endorses Gillum for Governor.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and former Florida State Senator Tony Hill released the following statements today:

“I am extraordinarily excited to endorse Mayor Andrew Gillum for Governor today. I have known him since his days on Florida A&M University’s campus as a student leader and activist — long before he became Mayor of Tallahassee. Back then you could tell he had a special quality that inspired his peers and elders, and he carries that spirit and passion with him in this race to take back Florida. He will deliver solutions to our most pressing challenges and be a true champion for Jacksonville.” — Former Florida State Senator Tony Hill.

“Senator Hill has long been a mentor and friend to me, and it’s humbling to receive his endorsement today. He has fought tirelessly on the frontlines for our community, and I know Jacksonville is far better thanks to his public service. I can’t wait to campaign with him in Jacksonville and all over the state.” — Mayor Andrew Gillum.[7]

Jax church meeting

July 2018 Gillum spoke at campaign event at a local church. Nestled deep in the city’s oft-neglected Northside, Gateway to Heaven Christian Church stands at the corner of 68th and Pearl, about halfway between North Shore Park and the iconic Carroll’s Meat Shoppe. Gillum has a personal connection to the church: His uncle Carlton Jones is a pastor there.

At Gateway to Heaven, Gillum is joined by supporters like Tony Hill, Mia Jones and Tracye Polson, who have all bucked the party establishment that seems to mostly lean toward his competition. Each of their campaigns will benefit greatly if Gillum gets the nomination, especially since he’s explicit about the need to bring new voters into the process. “I consider them ‘opportunity voters,’” he says. “We’re trying to turn out those voters who have the muscle-memory of what it means to vote; they just don’t turn out in off-cycle elections.” He points out that in 2016, six million fewer people came out to vote nationwide than in 2012.[8]

Our Revolution endorsement

March 2018 Our Revolution announced its endorsement of Andrew Gillum for Governor of Florida. He is nominated by multiple Our Revolution local groups across the state including Our Revolution Northeast Florida, Progressive Sarasota, Progressive Democrats of America, Pinellas County Chapter, and Northeast Florida Democratic Progressive Caucus.

Andrew Gillum is a driven public servant who has already shown his commitment to the working people of Florida,” said Our Revolution President, Nina Turner. “He has fought tirelessly for reforms like expanding social service funding, developing an advanced job retraining program for underrepresented workers, and investing in community policing and re-entry programs. Our Revolution is proud to support his campaign because we believe in his ability to bring bold progressive policies to all Floridians.”[9]

Dream Defenders support

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Soros Funding

From Tampa Bay Times:[10]

"Andrew Gillum's governor campaign raised about $450,000 in April. More than half of that sum came from one person: billionaire George Soros.
"Soros, the liberal mega donor and bogeyman to conservatives, gave $250,000 to a Forward Florida, a Gillum associated political committee in April. Combine that with two six-figure donations in 2017, and Soros' contributions to Gillum now total $450,000. The Soros family has given half a million dollars to Gillum's cause in all.
"The sizable donation contributed to Gillum's largest fundraising month of 2018. The Tallahassee mayor pulled in $447,711 between his campaign ($114,211) and Forward Florida ($333,500).
""Mayor Gillum, the son of a construction worker and a bus driver, is proud to have thousands of Floridians supporting him in this race, as well as one of the most prominent Democratic donors in America," Gillum spokesman Geoff Burgan told the Times in a statement.
"But Gillum's campaign continues to rely heavily on large donations to his PAC for fundraising. Collective Future, the 501(c)(4) that had been Gillum's largest donor of 2018 before Soros' April check, gave another $35,000 to Gillum in April."

Collective Future

According to Tampa Bay Times,[11] "About 30 percent of Gillum’s March fundraising haul came from Collective Future, a 501(c)(4) that is not legally required to disclose its donors."

Excerpt:

"The Collective PAC wants to see Democrat Andrew Gillum in the Florida Governor's Mansion next year, and the group is willing to spend big bucks to make it happen.
"Dedicated to helping black leaders win political office, the Collective PAC has contributed $231,000 to a Gillum-associated political committee, Forward Florida, since December. (Political committees, unlike campaign committees, do not have contribution limits.)
"The Washington, D.C.-based Collective PAC has an associated political action committee and a SuperPAC that are required to disclose their donors. But Collective Future, the 501(c)(4) arm of the group that has served as Gillum's largest contributor in 2018, does not have to.
"Quentin James, the founder and executive director of The Collective, did not respond when asked about the identity of the major donors to Collective Future.

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"When asked why the Collective is investing so heavily in Gillum, Quentin James, the group's founder, stressed the importance of Florida to national politics.
""Florida presents unique opportunities in 2018, including the possibility of electing the state's first African American governor and attorney general, flipping some congressional seats including in Florida 18 Pam Keith and 27 Michael A. Hepburn, re-electing Senator Nelson to the United States Senate and returning voting rights to to its citizens who have served their time," James wrote in an email.
"And when asked whether Gillum could expect more support from the Collective going forward, James offered an enthusiastic response.
""We have plans to far exceed that amount before the primary and the general election," he wrote.

Tom Steyer support

May 28, 2018, in a move that could dramatically change the race for Florida governor, California billionaire Tom Steyer threw $1 million in organizational and advertising support to the struggling campaign of progressive candidate Andrew Gillum.

The help from Steyer comes at a crucial time for Gillum, Tallahassee’s mayor, who has struggled with fundraising and who frequently reminds crowds that he’s at a financial disadvantage personally because he’s the only “non-millionaire” in the five-candidate Democratic race, where he’s also the sole African-American candidate.

But what Gillum lacks in money he makes up for in rhetorical chops and progressive buzz. And Steyer said the Democratic Party needs more leaders like the charismatic 38-year-old.

“As we battle for the heart and soul of this nation, Andrew Gillum is the kind of leader we need on the front lines,” Steyer, president of the youth-organizing group NextGen America, said in a written statement June 2018, calling the contribution an “unprecedented step.” “He’s someone we can trust to do the right thing, to put the people before the powerful, and who is unafraid to stand up for justice, now when we need it most.”

NextGen contributed $500,000 to Gillum’s political committee, Forward Florida, and it’s setting aside another $500,000 to pay for digital ads and 50 paid field staffers harnessing the power of 620 volunteers who were already organizing in Florida ahead of the November elections.

The digital advertising began right away Thursday.

NextGen America is proud to announce its endorsement today of @AndrewGillum for Governor of Florida. Gillum is a fierce advocate for common sense gun reform, a LGBTQIA+ champion, and a leader on climate change. He exemplifies the #youthvote vision of America’s future,” the group said in a video tweet.

Gillum, trailing in a distant third, fourth or fifth in most polls, has desperately needed money and, until Thursday, was banking on support from a group called The Collective, which helps African-American candidates. The group has refused to disclose its donors and Gillum, who has inveighed against dark money in the past, said it should disclose them. But either way, he said, he needs their help.

Under Gillum’s theory of the race, he needs strong support from African-American voters, but “they just need to know who I am,” he has said. And he’s counting on white progressives, who have responded to his unabashed support for gay rights and marijuana legalization.

Steyer’s group hasn’t gotten involved in a Democratic primary since 2013, but his spokeswoman, Olivia Bercow, said Steyer felt Gillum needed the help in his race against former Miami Beach Mayor Phil Levine, former Rep. Gwen Graham, Palm Beach billionaire Jeff Greene and Orlando businessman Chris King.

“This is a super PAC for young people, and we want young diverse people leading the way,” Bercow said. She said Steyer first met Gillum in 2014 when Gillum was executive director of the Young Elected Officials Network, and they’ve remained close ever since.[12]

Steyer intends to contribute $500,000 to Forward Florida, Gillum’s political committee and spend the rest of the $1 million he's committing on NextGen’ s efforts to get out the vote and boost Gillum’s name recognition with digital advertising and mailers.

Gillum is the only one that has yet to air any campaign commercials on television.

“Honored to have @NextGenAMerica & @TomSteyer’s support in this race! They’ve been fighting for our Democratic values all over the country, & we can’t afford to be patient anymore,” Gillum tweeted Thursday night.

NextGen already has 50 organizers and more than 600 volunteers working to turn out the vote in Florida. After the Stoneman Douglas shooting, it pledged $3.5 million and hired 100 workers to register voters on 40 university and college campuses.

NextGen said it has registered 13,000 Florida voters.

Gillum’s pathway to victory, observers say, is younger voters and African-American voters. Blacks made up 29 percent of the Democratic vote two years ago. Half the electorate was under 52. Democrats are counting on frustration with President Donald Trump’s policies to increase both groups’ participation in this year’s election.

“That’s a good thing,” said Gillum spokesman Geoff Burgan Friday about the expectation. “Having higher African-American turnout is a good thing for our state.”

Gillum has had a relationship with NextGen for most of his political career. It dates to first his term as a Tallahassee City Commissioner in 2005 when he served as the executive director of the Young Elected Officials Network.[13]

Forward Florida

Mayor Andrew Gillum and his chief of staff used city resources to hash out the framework for a political action committee that would become the cash machine for Gillum’s gubernatorial campaign.

In a message from Dustin Daniels via his city account to Gillum at his People for the American Way account on March 2, 2016 — a year before Gillum announced his candidacy — Daniels discussed revisions to the mission statement of Forward Florida, Gillum’s leadership PAC.

“Adjusted language is below and attached. I can’t seem to edit the document from Word, so the logo may not appear at the top. If that’s true, I will fix it tomorrow,” Daniels wrote in the email uncovered by the Tallahassee Democrat.

The email says Forward Florida is “focused on improving the quality of life for all Floridians, while tackling serious statewide issues and opportunities that can advance the Sunshine State… in the U.S. and around the world.” Its action agenda states it will “support forward thinking candidates that have the ability to drive measurable impacts for their community and state."

A year later, campaign spokesman Geoff Burgan announced “Gillum for Governor and the aligned political committee, Forward Florida,” had raised $765,000 for Gillum to start 2017, with 90% of those resources donated since March 1st.”

Forward Florida was responsible for $569,000 of that total. The rest was contributed to Gillum’s conventional campaign account for governor.

During its first 10 months, Forward Florida had no apparent or official connection to Gillum or his gubernatorial campaign.

Paperwork for the Forward Florida PAC was filed Feb. 16, 2016 by Tallahassee attorney Mark Herron, an influential ethics and elections lawyer and Democratic Party fundraising muscle. In the paperwork, he listed himself as treasurer and chairman.

Its stated purpose, in paperwork filed a month before Daniels' email, was to make “contributions to statewide, legislative, multi-county and local candidates, candidate and issue political committees; political parties; electioneering communications organizations; and to engage in political advertising, independent expenditures, electioneering, and miscellaneous advertising.”

The Forward Florida PAC’s Statement of Organization of Political Committee identified no candidate at the time, nor did it list any issues it supported or opposed.

The Forward Florida PAC raised $63,400 in its first 10 months. Much of that money came from the Florida Democratic Party, local philanthropist Richard Kearney and his organization, Cima Verde, and from Clearwater financier Peter H. Leach and his firm, Southport Financial Services.

There were also donations from lobbyist Ron Book, Susan Sandler of Democracy Alliance, and from Comcast.

The PAC spent $31,409 through December. True to its original mission statement, some money went to political organizations — $7,300 distributed among the FDP, Building a Majority, Citizens for Integrity in Government and Each Vote Counts.

It also distributed $2,700 among 10 candidates including Dwight Bullard for the Florida Senate, Daisy Baez and Jose Javier Rodriguez for the Florida House.

It paid Herron’s law firm $4,000 in legal expenses and distributed thousands in travel expenses, including a $946 reimbursement to Gillum in July.

Herron stepped down as chairman and treasurer in January, handing over the reins to Andrew Gay, a Tallahassee accountant who has handled other campaign accounts.

A Gillum campaign press release sent out by Burgan in April identified Forward Florida as associated with Gillum’s campaign. Paperwork was filed March 3 with the Florida Secretary of State reflecting Forward Florida's association with Gillum's campaign for governor.

Once the Forward Florida PAC shifted focus to Gillum, the money started flowing in earnest, with the bulk of it -- $430,000 -- delivered in March. Some of the biggest names include TV producer Norman Lear, philanthropist George Soros and actress Jane Fonda. Other contributors include Steve Phillips, founder of Democracy in Color and Vin Ryan, founder of Schooner Capital. One of the biggest local contributors was lobbyist/attorney Sean Pittman.

Campaign expenditures on behalf of Gillum started getting paid out in earnest, too.

One of the biggest recipients of that money was Miami strategist Phillip Thompson and his agency, Arc Bend Strategy Group — $35,000 for consulting and more than $3,000 in travel reimbursements to Thompson directly.

Thompson is Gillum’s campaign manager.

His name shows up in several emails obtained from the Mayor’s Office. In one email sent to Daniels and Gillum at their Gmail accounts in mid-January, Thompson asks Daniels to add an event to the mayor’s calendar for an interview with Mic.com co-founder Jake Horowitz in New York for a written profile piece targeting millennials.

“DD- Please add to the calendar. AG — Watch the Mic co-founder’s interview of Obama to get an idea of who will be writing your profile.”

Daniels directed Angie Whitaker, Gillum’s assistant, to place the meeting and information on the calendar.

In dealing with a request from the Villages Democratic Club, Thompson asks Gillum at his city account if he’s accepted the invitation yet. “I may want to use this moment to lay messaging groundwork and announce 'consideration' to press.”

In another exchange that went through the mayor’s office in February, Thompson advises Gillum decline an invite from newly elected U.S. Rep. Al Lawson to be his guest at President Donald Trump’s first address to Congress.

“Lol of course decline,” Daniels replied.[14]

Soros money

Around 40 percent of Gillum's campaign money has come from donors outside Florida.

Much of Gillum's non-Florida money came from New York, including a $200,000 check from prominent liberal donor and investor George Soros.[15]

Early funders

With big-name liberals George Soros, Norman Lear and Jane Fonda supplying some major early money, Tallahasee Mayor Andrew Gillum raised $765,000 in his first month as a Democratic candidate for governor, his campaign says. Rival Democrat Chris King, an Orlando-area businessman who also entered the race last month, raised more than $500,000 from contributors and put in $1 million of his own money, King’s campaign said.

Gillum and King could be joined by several other Democrats in the 2018 race to replace term-limited Republican Gov. Rick Scott in 2018. Former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and wealthy trial lawyer John Morgan are also considering Democratic campaigns.

Gillum’s principal campaign committee raised $243,000 and his Forward Florida political committee raised $522,000, a Gillum spokesman said.

Billionaire Soros gave $100,000 last week to Gillum’s Forward Florida committee and son Alex Soros chipped in another $50,000. TV producer and People For The American Way founder Lear gave $50,000 to the committee and actress Fonda contributed $7,000, according to the Forward Florida website.

Tallahassee lawyer/lobbyist Sean Pittman gave a combined $40,000 to Forward Florida through two firms and the committee got $25,000 apiece from Democracy in Color founder Steve Phillips and Palm Beach Gardens businesswoman Tarra Pressey.

Gillum’s campaign says it also has grass roots support, including more than 3,500 online contributions averaging about $60 and donors from 56 of Florida’s 67 counties.[16]

Democracy for America endorsement

Democracy for America has 68,405 members in the state of Michigan and more than one million members nationwide.

As a part of its work in the 2018 election cycle, Democracy for America intends to raise and spend more than $12 million in support of progressive candidates, make more than 2 million voter contacts, and support more than 250 candidates nationwide -- like Abdul El-Sayed -- in running inclusive populist campaigns committed to turning out the New American Majority of people of color and progressive white voters in November.
El-Sayed is the sixth gubernatorial endorsement DFA has made in the 2018 election cycle. Other gubernatorial endorsements the national grassroots progressive group has made this cycle includes Stacey Abrams in Georgia, David Garcia in Arizona, Andrew Gillum in Florida, Ben Jealous in Maryland, and Paulette Jordan in Idaho.[17]

Background

Gillum was born in Miami, Florida and raised in Gainesville, Florida, as the fifth of seven children born to Charles and Frances Gillum, a construction worker and school bus driver, respectively. He graduated from Gainesville High School in 1998 and, during that year, was recognized by the Gainesville Sun as one of the city's "Persons of the Year." He then moved to Tallahassee to attend Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU). On May 24, 2009 he married R. Jai Howard; a fellow FAMU graduate. Gillum and wife, R. Jai have three children, Jackson, Caroline, and Davis.[18]

Gainesville/Chestnut family

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Andrew Gillum credits the Chestnut family of Gainesville with mentoring him into a political career. Charles Chestnut III, the longtime owner of a funeral home, was among those hosting Gillum’s fundraiser at the home of Jason Haeseler and Rachel Haeseler.

“My mayor, Lauren Poe, has been telling about Andrew Gillum and what a great mayor he is for Tallahassee,” Jason Haeseler said as he greeted guests on the front porch of his home.

Also greeting guests at the Haeseler home was Dr. Cynthia Moore Chestnut, chair of the Alachua County Democratic Party. Her stepson, Charles Chestnut IV, has served on the Gainesville City Commission and in the Florida House of Representatives. He currently serves on the Alachua County Commission.

But it was Gillum’s friendship — beginning in high school — with Christopher Moore Chestnut, the son of Charles Chestnut III and Cynthia Moore Chestnut, that drew Gillum into the politically active Chestnut family.

“Chris and I were in AP classes together,” Gillum said. “We were the only two black men in those classes, so we kind of, you know, bonded.

At that time, Cynthia Moore Chestnut was serving in the Florida House of Representatives, having previously served on the Gainesville City Commission, including as mayor.

“When I learned his mom was a legislator, when I’d call the house to talk to him, I’d spend time on the phone with her,” Gillum recalled. “It was like a big thing to be able to talk with her about important stuff like the legislature,” he said.

He described her as an “informal mentor.”

“My notion was, she wouldn’t have time, but she took time,” he said. “When she took Chris to the capitol for him to be a page for the week, she had me coming up there on the weekend. I was seeing it. I was experiencing it. And I was like, ‘Wow! OK!’”

“She totally inspired me,” Gillum said. “She was really big on education.”

“I’ve got a huge passion for education, and I think I tuned in very early just by virtue of watching at-that-time Rep. Chestnut doing what she was doing,” he said.[19]

College

Gillum served as President of the FAMU Student Government Association from 2001-2002, and was the first student member of FAMU Board of Trustees. He was recognized by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation as "Emerging Leader for 2003". Gillum was also a Board member of the Black Youth Vote Coalition, a program of the National Coalition of Black Civic Participation in Washington, D.C.. Gillum was elected to the Tallahassee City Commission prior to the completion of his college career.[18]

"Building Relationships: Diversifying and Expanding your Base"

On March 19, 2008, Edna Brown, Christine Chen, Andrew Gillum and Kristina Logsdon spoke in a session entitled "Building Relationships: Diversifying and Expanding your Base", at Take Back America.

The description for the session was:

"This session will help participants become more effective at working politically with under-represented communities, including communities of color, young people, GLBT communities, etc.)."

National Leading From the Inside Out Alum

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Andrew Gillum, Director, Youth Leadership Programs, People for the American Way, was a 2012 Rockwood Leadership Institute National Leading From the Inside Out Alum.[20]

According to sister site Social Transformation Project, Andrew Gillum is one " 240+ leaders who have completed Rockwood’s Leading from the Inside Out (LIO) National Yearlong Fellowship..."[21]

Rockwood Leadership Institute June 17, 2013 ·

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Congratulations to the Leading from the Inside Out National Yearlong Cohort 2012/2013. May all your powerful visions be fully realized, and your lives be standard bearers of a sustainable personal ecology. — with Andrew Gillum, Ejim Dike, Nan Aron, Margie Alt and Veda Shook.

“Ban The Box”

Florida A&M University’s law school hosted a forum November 2015 for the national “Ban The Box” campaign with a panel featuring attorneys, social activists and influential people in academia.

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The highly esteemed panelists included the star of the show “Judge Mathis” and social activist Judge Greg Mathis; FAMU alumnus and author Anthony Dixon; Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum; civil rights attorney Ted Shaw; Umi Selah, formerly known as Phillip Agnew, the executive director of the Miami-based Dream Defenders; Sharon Ames-Dennard; and Judge Belvin Perry.

“Ban The Box” is a campaign advocating for the end of structural discrimination against people with conviction and incarceration histories, primarily in the areas of hiring and housing policy, according to bantheboxcampaign.org.

FAMU President Elmira Mangum said in a released statement that “Ban the Box” is only a small portion of the social injustices that have been arising.

“I believe ‘Ban the Box’ discussions are a part of a much broader set of issues concerning social justice that students need to be aware of,” Mangum said. “We have to seek solutions through inclusion.”

The campaign asks employers to remove questions regarding conviction history from their employment applications and to adopt hiring practices that give applicants a fair chance.

Nineteen states have put in place statewide fair-chance policies, according to nelp.org. Although Florida is not one of those states, Tallahassee, Tampa and other cities in the state have adopted the fair-chance policy.

The forum discussed what they believed to be the apparent root of so many incarcerations of young people. Anthony Dixon said incarceration is a cycle that thrives off of hopelessness and lack of education.

The forum also tackled the issue of inequities and discrimination formerly incarcerated people face, African-Americans particularly. Judge Mathis said the denial of equal opportunity and a failed education system is to blame.

"Mayor Andrew Gillum, who was being honored the same night for his service to the community at the Root 100 Gala, said people who have done time should be able to start from a clean slate.

“I believe people who have paid their debt to society ought to be given the chance to make it in our community. Finding employment is one of the biggest challenges that formerly incarcerated people face,” Gillum said.[22]

Phillips connection

Andrew Gillumis a protege of Steve Phillips.

Phillips/Sandler connection

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Andrew Gillum with Steve Phillips and Susan Sandler.

PowerPac+ Board of Directors

PowerPAC+ Board of Directors, as of 2014 included Andrew Gillum - Tallahassee, FL Mayor of Tallahassee.[23]

PowerPAC.org election strategy

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PowerPAC.org is committed to supporting the civic engagement of voters of color and the election of progressive leaders of color. Much of our strategy is outlined in the book “Brown Is The New White,” written by our founder Steve Phillips. Our work involves researching where votes of color can make a difference in races, how demographic trends can affect change in public policy and leadership, and how civic engagement methodologies can change how campaigns are run.

Our work has spanned the nationwide (support for Barack Obama and civic engagement in 18 states in the 2007-2008 cycle) to the small (unseating 18-year conservative incumbents in city races in San Bernardino, CA). Most recently we worked with grassroots activists in Georgia to encourage African American voters to turn out in the CD-6 race in Georgia and to build support for Stacey Abrams’ race for Governor there. As we move forward, we will deepen our work in California as well as launching a multi-state initiative to support gubernatorial candidates of color in GA (Stacey Abrams), MD (Benjamin Jealous), AZ (David Garcia), CA (John Chiang), and FL (Andrew Gillum).

Additionally, we are in the process of building a fundraising engine to drive donations by average citizens in low dollar amounts. We think that there is power in crowd-sourcing the support of our communities of color. The voice of the growing economic power of the communities of color must be heard and their power felt.[24]

Collective PAC

Launched in August of 2016, the Collective PAC is backing several statewide races in 2018, including Stacey Abrams Governor of Georgia, Andrew Gillum Governor of Florida, Benjamin Jealous Governor of Maryland, Aaron Ford Attorney General of Nevada, Anita Earls North Carolina Supreme Court, Deidre DeJear Secretary of State Iowa, Kwame Raoul Illinois Attorney General, Mandela Barnes Wisconsin Lt. Governor, Rob Richardson, Ohio Treasurer .[25]

Collective PAC plans to spend $1.5 million this year on Gillum’s behalf.[26]

Gillum/Aimee Allison Democracy in Color interview

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Refugees welcome

December 2015, shortly after Rick Scott, the governor of Florida, told CNN News that he wants no Syrian refugees in his state, the mayor of the state capital said he will welcome them.

Andrew Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, announced: "I pledge my continued support for providing the care and refuge needed by those escaping violence and persecution. ... When we turn against each other as neighbors and global citizens, the terrorists win."

Gillum is just one of many Southern mayors pushing back against fear-mongering and anti-refugee rhetoric.

Recently, eighteen Southern mayors sent a letter to President Obama expressing support for his call to resettle as many as 10,000 Syrian refugees in the U.S. over the next year.[27]

Netroots Nation

Andrew Gillum was a panelist at Netroots Nation 2017.

New Florida Majority support

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The New Florida Majority, April 27 2017.

With Gihan Perera, Valencia Gunder, Andrew Gillum, Renee Mowatt and Dwight Bullard.

Gillum Earns Endorsement of New Florida Majority

Gillum Earns Endorsement of New Florida Majority. Organization Endorses after Gillum’s Victory at Florida Freedom Forum.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum released the following statement today, June 13 2018:

“I’m honored to receive New Florida Majority’s endorsement! They’re on the front lines of taking back our state for working people, and I’m proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with them in fighting for our families, jobs with living wages and dignity, a thriving public education system that pays teachers what they’re worth, and quality, affordable health care as a constitutional right for every Floridian.”

Further endorsements

In the wake of Stacey Abrams’ win in Georgia, Gillum has received national endorsements from the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC), the Working Families Party (WFP), famed television producer Norman Lear, and nationally-syndicated radio host Charlamagne Tha God from the Breakfast Club.

Gillum is the most viably progressive candidate for Governor in Florida’s history. He has plans to make healthcare more affordable through Medicare for All, increase spending on education and workforce training through a corporate tax adjustment and marijuana legalization, and raise the minimum wage in Florida to $15 an hour. He has helped high school students get registered to vote in the aftermath of the Parkland tragedy, been sued by the gun lobby twice and won, and has the “best gun-control cred” according to POLITICO Florida’s Marc Caputo.[28]

New Florida Vision PAC endorsement

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We will elect Gillum

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Statewide Alliance Group

From JoHanna Thompson writing on the Freedom Road Socialist Organization's website:

Despite his position on anti-BDS legislation, Gillum seemed like someone who comrades could work with in office.
Falling in line with the New Confederacy, DeSantis was less concerned with changing liberal minds than attacking liberal ideologies, making inaccurate associations of his opponent, and getting conservative voters to the polls.
One door hanger asked the question, “Does this sound familiar?” It depicted a picture of a street mural, by a local artist, of Andrew Gillum. Underneath the picture were the words, “Andrew Gillum: Another Big Government, Socialist Dictator” followed by three more street murals of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, Fidel Castro, and Hugo Chavez. It boldly proclaimed, “Don’t let the socialists take over Florida! Republicans must vote, there’s too much at stake.”

On one hand, the door hanger was laughable, while on the other, it spoke to the intentional decision of grassroots organizations and a union to work collectively as Statewide Alliance Group. SWAG specifically consists of: The New Florida Majority, Dream Defenders, Organize Florida, Florida Immigrant Coalition, SEIU, Faith in Florida, and Central Florida Jobs with Justice.

The Dream Defenders (DD) took a deep dive in community to create an ideology reminiscent of the Black Panther Party Ten Point Program with seven freedoms. DD launched the #freedompapers, claiming #thisistheyear, focusing on building with community to target private prison corporations, like GEO Group, and transform the Florida political landscape.

Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC) along with Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) and United We Dream focused on immigrant rights and abolishing ICE. The New Florida Majority (NFM), SEIU, Faith in Florida, Jobs with Justice, and the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) Electoral Justice Project appealed to their vast membership bases.
In addition, the Miami Workers Center (MWC) centered the Movement for Black Women and Girls with Soul Sista’s. Power U Center for Social Change continues to inform youth. Community Justice Project (CJP) supported Poetry for the People’s, Maroon Poetry Festival, which amplified the Black Arts Movement and use of art in activism.
The age old social justice organizations such as NAACP, ACLU, Faith in Florida, PACT, and the likes, also joined the effort to get Amendment 4 passed. All used the same messaging in their conversations which advocated for a Yes Vote on Amendment 4. The strategy was to restore the rights of over 1.4 million voters as freedom voters.

It was a brilliant, coordinated strategy in alignment and consistent communication that is beginning to consolidate a united front against the New Confederacy in Florida.[29]

Big Bend Democratic Progressive Caucus

Join us Thursday, October 19th 2017 in Program Room A of the downtown library for the Monthly meeting of the Big Bend Democratic Progressive Caucus, featuring Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum![30]

Democratic/socialist comrades

Andrew Gillum November 15, 2017.

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With Jesse Rubens, Marina Alaine Braynon, Jaime Natasha Roberts, Soph Siegel, Morgan Heckler and David Zaleznick.

Miami DSA

Tomas Kennedy, August 26 2018.

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With Andrew Gillum and Laura Estefania Munoz Quinones of Miami Democratic Socialists of America.

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Maria Asuncion Bilbao November 18, 2018 ·

With Andrew Gillum, Tomas Kennedy, Melissa Taveras and Laura Estefania Munoz Quinones.

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Andrew Gillum with Geoff Campbell.

Miami comrades

Andrea Perez August 13 2018.

I had the opportunity to meet mayor Andrew Gillum last year. We had a great conversation about the future of our state and his campaign for Governor.

He is the most progressive candidate on the democratic primary. He embraced Bernie’s Medicare for All plan and believes that healthcare should be a fundamental right, not a privilege. His platform also includes criminal justice reform, rebuilding o... See More

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— with Tomas Kennedy, William Byatt, Erika Grohoski Peralta, Zenia Perez, Andrew Gillum and Geoff Campbell.

People's Progressive Caucus of Miami-Dade August 29 2018:

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A year and a half ago, the Board of this Caucus sat down with Andrew Gillum. We grilled him on policy and values for more than an hour. We walked away with absolutely every one of us impressed. We knew he was capable of representing the values we cared about and making real change in Florida.

18 months later, he's now the Democratic nominee for Governor.

This is it folks. This is the fight we've been looking for. Now, in the next two months, we get the opportunity to prove to the entire state what we've been saying for years: that bold progressives can win battlegrounds. That we win on our values, not on compromises.

But it won't be easy. We have to do the work. We have to put it all out there. Stake everything, leave nothing at home for next year.

We'll see you all in the streets. And in November, we'll bring this all the way home.

National Nurses United endorsement

National Nurses United 2018 endorsements in Florida included Governor - Andrew Gillum, U.S. House of Representatives, FL-09 – Darren Soto.

Sunrise Slate

Sunrise Movement October 4 2018:

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We are so proud to introduce our FINAL ENDORSEMENT SLATE for 2018!

Every one of these candidates has sworn off fossil fuels and is ready to fight like hell to stop climate change and protect our futures.

Check out the full slate here and join us to get bold candidates elected this November: sunrisemovement.org/endorsements — with Deb Haaland for Congress, Ilhan Omar for Congress, Jess King for Congress, Randy Bryce, Representative Chloe Maxmin, Benjamin Jealous, Kevin de Leon for U.S. Senate, Dana Nessel for Michigan Attorney General, Andrew Gillum, Zellnor Myrie, Alessandra Biaggi, Greta Neubauer for Assembly District 66 and Rashida Tlaib For Congress.

Black to the Future endorsement

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In 2018 Andrew Gillum was endorsed by the Black to the Future Action Fund.

Endorsements as of June 19 2018

External links

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